PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Drexel women’s basketball coach Amy Mallon announced several additions to its staff as former players Kayla Bacon and Tessa Brugler back in administrative capacity for 2022-23.
“I’m thrilled to have Kayla and Tessa join our staff,” Mallon said. “They have both been instrumental in the overall success of our program and are true leaders on and off the pitch.”
Bacon assumes the position of coordinator of strategic and player development. In this role, she will assist with training planning and individual player training.
“As a member of our program, Kayla has won two CAA Regular Season Championships, a CAA Tournament Championship and qualified for the playoffs four years in a row. She is a winner. Her experiences and knowledge as a as a player will allow her to have an immediate impact on the development of our team. We look forward to working together as she takes this next step in her basketball journey,” said Mallon.
A native of Owings Mills, Maryland, Bacon was a team captain for the Dragons and played in 101 games during her career from 2018-21. She scored in double figures three times as a senior and was a key member of the Dragons’ race to the 2021 CAA Championship, averaging over 27 minutes per game during the tournament.
She was also a founding member of the Black Student-Athlete Union and has been recognized by the Colonial Athletic Association for her efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion.
Brugler joins the staff as director of basketball operations where she will oversee practice logistics, scheduling and travel.
“We are delighted that Tessa will continue to be part of our program this season as a member of our team. Her team mentality as a player was evident from the moment she walked onto campus. Her versatility and skills on the court as well as his strength as a leader was a gift to our program and the key to our 2022 CAA Regular Season Championship team and its best 28-6 record. His work ethic and desire to give back those around him better are contagious, as well as his passion for the game,” Mallon said.
As a transfer graduate, Brugler had an immediate impact on Drexel during his year on the pitch. She averaged 13.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, the highest rebounding average for DU in 20 years as she earned second-team all-conference and team honors. of all CAA tournaments. She also posted 13 double-doubles and had 48 blocks for a Dragons team that tied a program record with 28 wins and advanced to the WNIT third round.
“The culture and success of a program depends on the people you surround yourself with on a daily basis. Kayla and Tessa bring a championship mentality and work ethic that defines our program on and off the court. it takes teamwork to be successful and Kayla and Tessa are definitely team players and I look forward to their contributions this season and their ability to help us continue to grow.
A standout in the classroom, Brugler also became Drexel’s first women’s basketball player to be recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-District since Michelle Maslowski in 2001-02.